Definition of residue
: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or after the completion of a process : remnant, remainder: such asa : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, allowances, and previous devises and bequestsb : the remainder after subtracting a multiple of a modulus from an integer or a power of the integer that can appear as the second of the two terms in an appropriate congruence 2 and 7 are residues of 12 modulo 5c : a constituent structural unit (such as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues from hydrolysis of protein
Examples of residue in a Sentence
The grill was covered in a greasy residue from the hamburgers.
The divorce left a residue of pain in the family.
There was some kind of sticky residue on the floor.
She left the residue of her estate to her daughter.
Recent Examples of residue from the Web
Police determined that the fire started on the floor of the bus next to the driver’s seat, where the cap to a cigarette lighter and gasoline residue were found, the statement said.
Prosecutors have pointed out that investigators immediately tested the son for any signs of gunshot residue after the shooting and didn’t find any signs.
Glass’s possession of methamphetamine for his personal use, as evidenced by the residue in his pipe, is a distinct and separate prosecutable offense. . . .
Vice detectives raided the home Friday and seized $50, Krzmein's cellphone, personal papers and a drug scale with unknown residue on it, police reports say.
Terra-cotta pots are beautiful, but as time goes by water evaporating from the sides and rim can leave behind unattractive mineral salt residues.
Analysis of the debris found residue of explosive materials, including nitroglycerin, that Islamic State fighters are known to use but that are not used in the GBU-38.
Fortunately, newer options absorb instantly, leaving no greasy residue.
Chalky residue from the batteries’ chemical reaction still shows up in the battery compartment.
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Origin and Etymology of residue
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin residuum, from neuter of residuus left over, from residēre to remain
First Known Use: 14th century
RESIDUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of residue for English Language Learners
: a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed
: the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid
RESIDUE Defined for Kids
Definition of residue for Students
: whatever remains after a part is taken, set apart, or lost
Medical Definition of residue
: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated; specifically : a constituent structural unit (as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues in a protein
Legal Definition of residue
: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated; specifically : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, taxes, and legacies other than residuary legacies
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